King County AFIS Levy Renewal (November 2012)

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A King County AFIS Levy Renewal measure was on the November 6, 2012 ballot in King County, where it was approved.

This measure sought to renew the current levy which pays for the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) which is set at a rate of $.05 per $1,000 assessed value for a further six years. The AFIS program keeps listings of finger prints which are used for criminal investigations in the county. The tax will continue to support the AFIS lab as well as buy upgraded equipment to keep the lab up to modern standards.[1][2]

Election results

King County AFIS Levy Prop.
Approveda Yes 390,414 59.42%

Election results from King County, Current Election Results.

Text of measure

Language on the ballot:

The King County council has passed Ordinance No. 17381 concerning this proposition for the automated fingerprint identification system (AFIS) levy. This proposition would replace an expiring levy and fund continued operation of the regional AFIS program, which provides enhanced forensic fingerprint and palmprint technology and services to identify criminals and aid in convictions. It would authorize King County to levy an additional property tax of $0.0592 (5.92 cents) per $1,000 of assessed valuation for collection in 2013 and authorize annual increases by the percentage increase in the consumer price index or 1%, whichever is greater, with a maximum increase of 3%, for the five succeeding years. Should this proposition be:




Supporters of the AFIS Levy Renewal argue that AFIS has been the preeminent crime-fighting tool for police throughout King County as fingerprints remain important in indentification and apprehension of criminals. They also maintain that AFIS supplies a service that would not be affordable by any local police agencies independently.[2]


Those who oppose the AFIS Levy Renewal argue that voters were told that automated fingerprint ID would be operational when last approved and now they are being told that it is going to cost even more. They propose that government spending should be more economically frugal.[2]

See also


  1. The Seattle Medium, "County Council Sends Levy For Automated Fingerprint Identification System To November Ballot," July 25, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 King County, Current Elections
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.